I have a tightly scheduled plan to arrive in Paihia by car mid afternoon on Feb 6, 2010, visit the Treaty Grounds, stay overnight, then do a boat trip on Feb. 7, stay overnight again, and depart on a long drive south.
But, I see that Feb 6 is national Waitangi day, and perhaps 30,000 visitors will show up. I already have accomodations reserved, but am wondering if I will be able to get anywhere near the treaty grounds, on feb 6. Is this a multi-day event ? Is parking a problem ? Will I be able to visit any of the usual tourist attractions ? Perhaps the celebration is a unique benefit ?
Should I consider changing plans or booking a boat trip well in advance ?
Thanks for any advice.